Most Washington parents currently facing legal problems regarding financial provision or care of their children do not have to worry about the personal details of their situations making national news headlines. However, private situations can be just as stressful as those that unfold before the public eye, such as an ongoing battle between professional basketball player Blake Griffin and his former girlfriend. She has filed a palimony lawsuit against Griffin and is requesting child support for their two children.
Many Washington parents have gone through or are preparing to go through divorce proceedings. Most parents consider their children's best interests their highest priority, particularly as the parents navigate the family court system. The problem is that raising a child is an intensely personal journey, and parents who have gone their separate ways may disagree as to what is best for their kids.
When parents in Washington divorce, they typically face numerous challenges related to their future parenting plans. Even in situations where the parties are able to amicably communicate and are willing to cooperate as needed to achieve a fair and agreeable settlement, various types of obstacles or problems may arise that cause delays or disputes. Hot button issues often involve child support or custody and visitation situations.
When Keshia Knight-Pulliam, former sitcom star who played Rudy on the Cosby Show, got divorced, she likely did not expect she'd wind up in a contentious, drawn-out court battle over her daughter. However, as is often the case when parents disagree about child support or custody and visitation issues, Knight-Pulliam and her child's father, former professional football star Ed Hartwell, are back in court, each trying to convince the court that the other has done wrong. Many parents in Washington have gone through similar situations.
When a married couple in Washington who have children together gets divorced, any number of problems may arise. Disagreements regarding child support, custody or visitation often present challenges that may seem insurmountable at times. With regard to child support, state laws govern such matters, and concerned parents are often able to overcome obstacles by seeking clarification of the laws ahead of time and proactively addressing problematic issues in court.
Some parents in Washington may relate to a current problem in another state involving rap music star, Juvenile. The entertainer is facing serious issues regarding failure to pay child support. In fact, he was arrested twice in one week in unrelated cases.
Ask any Washington parent whether raising children is expensive, and a resounding, "Yes!" is likely to be the answer. Some situations add to financial stress, such as participation in many extracurricular activities, post secondary education and even divorce. Especially if a custodial parent gave up a successful career to stay home and care for children, suddenly becoming a single parent with no income can be utterly frightening. Those in such situations often worry about food, clothing and other everyday expenses, wondering how they will make ends meet.
It appears Jesse Jackson Jr.'s legal problems may have recently gotten worse. Even though he already overcame his previous trouble by pleading guilty to mismanaging campaign funds and spending time in prison for the crime, he continues to battle his former wife over child support issues. She also spent time in prison for the similar crimes as Jackson, and the two have since divorced. Some parents in Washington may relate to the contentious situation.
Washington parents who decide to divorce typically have a great number of issues to work through before a final settlement is reached. Although every situation is different, one thing is certain: Divorce is a life-changing experience for all involved. When it comes to parenting, challenges may arise regarding custody, visitation and/or child support. Most parents want to keep the best interests of the child at heart; however, if parents disagree about the interpretation of that, it can be a significant problem.
High school years can be rough at times for students in Washington and throughout the nation. A young man in another state might agree with that assessment as he thinks back on his own life. When he was a teenager, he married his then girlfriend who happened to be expecting a baby. Now, the two are engaged in a child support dispute in which a judge recently made a decision, then changed it.